English verb: apologize
|1.||apologize (communication) acknowledge faults or shortcomings or failing|
|Samples||I apologized for being late.|
He apologized for the many typoes.
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s.|
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s to somebody
|2.||apologize (communication) defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning|
|Samples||Rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior.|
He rationalized his lack of success.
|Synonyms||apologise, excuse, justify, rationalise, rationalize|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s something|
|Broader (hypernym)||defend, fend for, support|
|Narrower (hyponym)||color, colour, extenuate, gloss, mitigate, palliate, plead|